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The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our host, WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami.

Why some retired Floridians return to work, remembering Bob Graham and environmental news

A Social Security card is displayed on Oct. 12, 2021, in Tigard, Ore.
Jenny Kane
A Social Security card is displayed on Oct. 12, 2021, in Tigard, Ore.

This week on The Florida Roundup, we discuss how affordability challenges are forcing some older Floridians to return to work, how retirement is changing in the state, remember the life and legacy of Bob Graham, and review a few environmental updates from across the state.

Why some retired Floridians return to work 

In the past decade, the fastest growing age group of workers in Florida are people over 65 years old. And the increase of workers in their 70s is far faster than any other generation.

While some may want to go back to work to stay active and engaged, others have to go back to work to afford rising costs of insurance and medical bills.


  • Lauren Peace, reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. 
  • Joe Byrnes, reporter for Central Florida Public Media. 
  • Anne Ray, manager of the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse at University of Florida's Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. 

Remembering Bob Graham 

Bob Graham started his political career in 1966 when he was first elected to the Florida House. A little more than a decade later he became Florida’s Governor, serving two terms. He’d go on to serve for three terms in the U.S. Senate.

We reflect on the life and legacy of Graham, who died this week at the age of 87.


  • Dick Batchelor, former member of the Florida House of Representatives. 
  • Dan Christensen, editor and founder of the Florida Bulldog. 

Environmental news  

Four years ago scientists removed coral reefs off Virginia Key as lethal stony coral disease spread. They were taken to the Florida Coral Rescue Center at SeaWorld. WLRN’s environment editor Jenny Staletovich gives us an update on their recovery as well as the latest in the mystery that has been sickening and killing endangered sawfish.

Citrus greening disease has devastated Florida’s citrus industry for decades. But as WUFT’s Kristin Moorehead reports, new research is looking into a possible solution, with mixed reactions from growers.

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